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Old August 9 2014, 04:17 PM   #1
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Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

Ok, the other tribble post got me to thinking about what Scotty did with all the tribbles that were on board the Enterprise. Kirk had asked him if he beamed them out into space, Scotty replied that "it would be inhuman."

Well, what exactly did he think would happen to them when he beamed them aboard the Klingon ship? Did he think the Klingons would lovingly collect them all & provide proper care for them until they found them new homes? I'm sure beaming them out into space would have been a more "humane" solution compared to what the Klingons did to them. Shame on you Scotty!!

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KIRK: Mister Scott. Where are the tribbles?
SCOTT: I used the transporter, Captain.
KIRK: You used the transporter?
SCOTT: Aye.
KIRK: Where did you transport them? Scott, you didn't transport them into space, did you?
SCOTT: Captain Kirk, that'd be inhuman.
KIRK: Where are they?
SCOTT: I gave them a good home, sir.
KIRK: (shouting) Where?
SCOTT: I gave them to the Klingons, sir.
KIRK: (a whisper) You gave them to the Klingons?
SCOTT: Aye, sir. Before they went into warp, I transported the whole kit and caboodle into their engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all.
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Old August 9 2014, 04:24 PM   #2
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

That's the joke.
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Old August 9 2014, 04:47 PM   #3
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

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That's the joke.
I think "the joke" was that most people would know that the tribbles annoyed the hell out of the Klingons but didn't really think of what the final outcome would be.

We see Kirk laughing at the end, knowing the fate of the Tribbles would be an ugly one and not caring much about it.

I find it puzzling to think that this is the same Kirk who protected the mother Horta and even threatened to kill in order to save her - (The first man that fires is dead!)

My "happy ending" to the story is the Klingons beamed the tribbles out into space and (being the resilient little creatures that they are,) they went into hibernation mode that allowed them to survive in space long enough for Kirk (who had a change of heart and was tracking the Klingon ship) to save the tribbles and transported them to a safe haven.

Yep, that allows me to sleep at night!
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Old August 9 2014, 04:54 PM   #4
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

Tribbles breed faster than an Internet meme and are just as annoying if not more than the latest ingenious Grumpy Cat offering.
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Old August 9 2014, 04:56 PM   #5
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

Exactly. There is no doubt that the Klingons killed every one of them. Whether they stomped them to death, beamed them into space or exterminated them with disruptors hardly matters. Scotty acted like he was being a clever boy doing that, but it was obviously a death sentence for them.
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Old August 9 2014, 04:57 PM   #6
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

The joke is that the crew was happy to get rid of them. In other words, they hated the tribbles by then.
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Old August 9 2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

By Kirk's chicken sandwich and coffee, these things must die!
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Old August 9 2014, 05:47 PM   #8
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

I know it's just a light-hearted ending to the episode, but what I can't see is how Scotty would have had time to do this without Kirk knowing about it. The job of beaming out all those tribbles would have been along the lines of the whole crew beaming down in This Side of Paradise! Yes, sir, it would!
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Old August 9 2014, 05:58 PM   #9
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Scotty's rapidity in solving the problem is one of the so-called comedic beats in the episode, such as they were.
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Old August 9 2014, 06:15 PM   #10
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

It's worse. Much worse, of course.

Some of the tribbles survived, cause ecological disasters and were driven into extinction.

Way to go Scotty!

The real question is...how the **** do they get into ventilation systems and food replicators?
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Old August 9 2014, 06:45 PM   #11
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Well, there must have been a massive tribble-control operation ongoing anyway - the heroes wouldn't have let the problem stand. Supposedly, with the entire crew available, the heroes could simply pick up all the tribbles, much faster than poor Cyrano Jones, and lock them up somewhere. The only thing Scotty would do without informing Kirk would be the Final Solution of making them the Klingons' problem.

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Old August 9 2014, 06:54 PM   #12
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Well, there must have been a massive tribble-control operation ongoing anyway - the heroes wouldn't have let the problem stand. Supposedly, with the entire crew available, the heroes could simply pick up all the tribbles, much faster than poor Cyrano Jones, and lock them up somewhere. The only thing Scotty would do without informing Kirk would be the Final Solution of making them the Klingons' problem.

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The flip side of my blaming Scotty for dooming millions of Klingons to starvation and getting all tribbles wiped out...maybe the Klingons were on the verge of massive invasion when the Tribble Disaster struck. Or maybe they had to start up a risky energy system on Praxis because of resource problems.

Scotty is single-handedly responsible for the Klingons and Feds being fast allies!
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Old August 9 2014, 07:16 PM   #13
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

MarsWeeps wrote: View Post
We see Kirk laughing at the end, knowing the fate of the Tribbles would be an ugly one and not caring much about it.

I find it puzzling to think that this is the same Kirk who protected the mother Horta and even threatened to kill in order to save her - (The first man that fires is dead!)
The Horta was an intelligent, sensitive creature. As far as Kirk was concerned, tribbles were vermin.

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The real question is...how the **** do they get into ventilation systems and food replicators?
Have you seen some of the places rats, mice and raccoons can get into?
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Old August 9 2014, 07:53 PM   #14
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The Horta was an intelligent, sensitive creature. As far as Kirk was concerned, tribbles were vermin.
Why should that matter? To paraphrase Gillian in ST:III - "My compassion for a creature is not limited to its intelligence."
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Old August 9 2014, 08:04 PM   #15
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Re: Scotty and.....Tribblecide!!!

The Klingons were already guilty of Tribble murder, via poisoning of the super space wheat. Scotty simply gave them a few (thousand) more so they would have a reason to find a Glommer and return for another episode a few years later.
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